Cory Gardner that he'll support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana, the Washington Post reports, defusing a standoff between the Colorado Republican and the administration over Justice Department nominees.
Gardner has been pushing to reverse a decision made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January that removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following pot laws in states such as Colorado that have legalized the drug.
In exchange, Gardner said he has agreed to lift his remaining holds on Justice Department nominees.
"Additionally", Gardner added, "President Trump has promised me that he will support a federalism-based legislative remedy to fix such conditions' rights difficulty once and for all".
Cory Gardner said Trump promised him over the phone Wednesday that a memo Sessions issued previous year won't affect his home state. Cory Gardner and the administration over Justice Department nominees. "My colleagues and I are continuing to work diligently on a bipartisan legislative solution that can pass Congress and head to the President's desk to deliver on his campaign position".
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., listens as President Donald Trump speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on December 5, 2017.
President Donald Trump personally directed the abrupt retreat, which came at the behest of Republican Sen.
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"We may now be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel", said Mason Tvert, who spearheaded a 2012 ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado.
Inside his Friday statement, Gardner mentioned he'd released until he gained & ldquo; the full devotion that the guidelines of this Cole Memo wouldbe honored, a few holds, but abandoned others in place.
Marijuana has been fully legalized in eight states, and 24 states allow some form of marijuana use. Gardner has met with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the target of Trump's ire.
Gardner stated he had been blindsided when his announcement was left by Sessions in January with regards to bud prosecutions.
Meanwhile, legislation to guard countries in which marijuana is authorized is now being drafted.
But Trump has held a sharply different view from Sessions on the issue.
Gardner and others were concerned that it could lead to federal agents taking enforcement actions against dispensaries and other businesses that are legal under Colorado state law.